The recognition for Transparent continues to pile on as the Amazon series picked up three Golden Globe and two SAG Award nominations this week for season two -- all ahead of the show’s premiere on Friday, Dec. 11.
“It’s a thrill and an honor,” Transparent writer and actress Our Lady J tells ETonline.
The transgender entertainer -- also a classic pianist and singer-songwriter -- just joined the team for season two, but has been a part of the ride since the show first premiered last year. “As an outsider, I was able to celebrate all of their wins and nominations,” she says of the show’s five Primetime Emmy and two Golden Globe wins for season one. “I went to the Emmys and it was really exciting to support my family in that way. Now, with this Golden Globe nomination, I feel like a part of and I feel even more of a reason to celebrate being a part of the team.”
While fans wait for season two, which will explore what happens to the Pfefferman family following Maura’s (Jeffrey Tambor) transition, Our Lady J says it’s a relief to finally have it out there. “We’ve been writing season three since September and launch production for season three in February,” she explains, “so we’ve been in such season three mode, it’s nice to take break and read what everyone is saying and to get behind everyone’s excitement for season two.”
Much of that excitement is thanks to an expanded cast, which includes Anjelica Huston, Cherry Jones, and model Hari Nef, who is making her acting debut as Tanta Gittel, a Pfefferman family member first referenced in season one. She will appear in flashback scenes set in 1930s Berlin. “It offsets the misconception that transgender community is a 21st century phenomenon,” co-producer Zackary Drucker says.
“There’s another big secret that comes out halfway through the season that splits the family and sends people further on their journeys of self-exploration,” adds Our Lady J, who will also appear in flashback scenes as Yorna.
While the Pfefferman family -- kids Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), Sarah (Amy Landecker), Josh (Jay Duplass), and matriarch Shelly (Judith Light, also nominated for a Golden Globe) -- will continue to be the core of the show, Our Lady J says season two will explore more of the layered transgender community that Maura is now a part of.
“This season, our trans characters are making mistakes and finding love and rejecting love and they’re all caught up in the Pfefferman family mess,” she says, adding that Maura will become even more complex. “I’m really excited that all the trans characters are being sexualized and are also behaving quite badly. The Pfeffermans are pretty wrought with imperfections and, in season one, Maura was a bit of a saint.”
We can only imagine where Transparent will take the Pfeffermans, especially Maura, in season two!